The Deceit of the Flesh @ Frissiras Museum, Athens


photo via flicr, photostream of Laurend D. Ruamps

The Frissiras Museum was founded by the Vlassis Frissiras family to house the private collection of its founder. Vlassis Frissiras, an attorney and passionate art lover, started his collection with works by Greek artists in 1978 and went on to focus on European artists since the ’90s. The collections consist of paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings by European artists through which an attempt is made to record the trends, people and philosophy of humanistic European painting after 1940.

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The Museum is tucked away in one of the quieter narrow streets of Plaka and is housed in two neoclassical buildings, connected internally with walkways spanning an atrium, warmed by plenty of natural light coming through a glass roof. Both buildings, restored by the Frissiras family, are beautiful examples of the neoclassical Athenian architecture. The one located at number 3, Monis Asteriou str., was built in 1860 and is one of the first neoclassical houses in the Capital. The building at 7, Monis Asteriou str., was designed by the architect Ernst Ziller and was inaugurated in 1904. 

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A hub that plays a crucial role in the contemporary art scene of Athens, the Museum organises exhibitions regularly; the current one is entitled ”The Deceit of the Flesh”. A juxtaposition between the tribute to the female body and its beauty and sensuality, reflected in the works by the 31 Greek and foreign participating artists and the work of French painter Jean Rustin in which man’s suffering and decay are portrayed. Do you choose to ignore the effects of old age on the ephemeral beauty or do you bravely accept and embrace it? Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest of them all?…

I tended to admire the ode to beauty and sensuality and found Rustin’s old, decaying, insane figures too nasty for my eyes. These are two of the less dramatic (traumatic) ones:


Jean Rustin, Couple dans le couloir (1995) acrylic on canvas


Jean Rustin, Femme agenouilee (1994-96) acrylic on canvas

And here is the view looking from the other side of the mirror:


Alexis Veroucas, Narcissus (2013), oil on canvas


Kallirroi Marouda, Untitled (2013) oil on canvas

beldekos Nude, 2013, oil on canvas

Panayiotis Beldekos, Nude (2013) oil on canvas


Aris Mertilis, Untitled (2013) oil on canvas (detail)


Bogumil Ksiazek, Untitled (2013) oil on canvas


Christos Pallantzas, Untitled (2013) oil on canvas


Maria Giannakaki, Untitled (2013) oil on canvas


Giorgos Sakkas, Untitled (2013) charcoal on canvas


Foteini Stefanidou, Amor (2013) oil on canvas


Edouard Sacaillan, Tender desire in mourning (2013) oil on canvas


Achilleas Pistonis, Study in flight (2013) oil on canvas


Achilleas Pistonis, Study in flight (2013) oil on canvas (detail)


Achilleas Pistonis, Study in flight (2013) oil on canvas (detail)


Achilleas Pistonis, Study in flight (2013) oil on canvas (detail)

soulis Nude, 2013, oil on canvas

Vassilis Soulis, Nude (2013) oil on canvas

The Deceit of the Flesh is on until 27 October 2013.

Frissiras Museum
3 & 7, Monis Asteriou,
Plaka, Athens, Greece

Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Monday and Tuesday: closed

Photos by Konstantinos Implikian and the Museum website.

Athens, 20-24 June 2013


10 thoughts on “The Deceit of the Flesh @ Frissiras Museum, Athens

    • It’s easy with such a beautiful subject! Their exhibitions are usually very interesting, we pop by every time we can. The only museum in Athens showcasing contemporary paintings of Greek and European artists, at least to date. Now I’m waiting for the restored FIX with great excitement!!

    • Thank you Alex! Thessaloniki offers a different kind of beauty… like an open-air museum! I enjoyed your post on the Salem Mansion and can totally understand why you were so captivated! And… seeing where you live, who needs to visit Athens? 😉

      • Hehe, i must say i do prefer Thessaloniki from Athens. I’ve been to Athens a few times but i don’t feel i could stay there for more than a week or two. I was living in Thessaloniki for 7 years, now i had to go back to my parents house in Halkidiki. I do wish to go back to Thessaloniki soon but the way things are here i’ll probably go to Austria, since my mother is from there 🙂

  1. Bravo pour tous tes articles passionnants! J’ai adoré le travellogue à Paros! et puis merci de partager les expos d’Athènes! Tiffany

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